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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The selection of West Virginia for the Boy Scouts' national Jamboree is creating a small building boom.

The boom involves 350 shower houses at the Boy Scouts of America's new 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County.

The Sunday Gazette-Mail of Charleston (http://bit.ly/q12d9P) reports that crews have downed hemlocks and milled them at the site.

Scouts spokesman Gary Harley says the organization is attempting to keep the work and jobs in West Virginia.

To date, the Scouts have paid $16 million to West Virginia-based contractors, and $9 million to local consultants and other firms.

The Scouts plan to complete the $200 million Summit Bechtel Reserve project by July 2013. That would be just in time for the national Jamboree, attracting up to 40,000 scouts, 8,000 volunteers and 20,000 additional visitors.

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